When I began working with metal, I started with simple metal forming. I favor working with copper although I also use brass, nickel, and silver. I was fascinated with the different chemical reactions that metals have to fire and began exploring those relationships.
All of my pieces start as flat sheet metal which I heat and hammer, and heat and hammer again until it is just right. Between torch firing, kiln enamel, torch enamel and the many different patinas, I'm able to create unique, often chaotic metal skins. Once I began to explore the different affects heat would produce on brass and copper, my jewelry moved in a new direction. By using a combination of fire, alcohol, inks and patinas, along with embossing, folding and hand forging these metals, the colors and results were amazing. My current passion in coloring is kiln and torch fired enamel. The finished products are something new and exciting.